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Semi driver has narrow escape when truck goes up in flames along I-94

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WEST FARGO – A semi driver had a narrow escape this morning after pulling over for a nap and discovering his truck was on fire just before the flames engulfed the entire rig, state Highway Patrol officials Wednesday.

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  Sgt. Troy Hischer said the driver had just pulled over off exit 340 along Interstate 94, 3 miles west of West Fargo at around 2:45 a.m. to take a nap when he spotted a glow near the driver’s side rear axle.

  It turned out to be a fire that had likely sparked when the truck had either blown a flat or had a bearing problem, Hischer said.

 The driver jumped out to tackle the blaze with a fire extinguisher, but by the time fire departments arrived, the truck had burned to the bare frame, according to Hischer.

  The truck had been hauling a load of Styrofoam.

  “That stuff burned real fast,” Hischer said.

  Mapleton, Casselton and West Fargo fire departments responded to the fire, he said.

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